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Posted: 24/03/2013 at 19:27

The low-growing conifer looks like a Juniper to me. They grow more horizontally than upright. You can keep it trimmed back if you want to keep it. Ends up looking like a green carpet. IME it doesnt respond well to hard pruning, as it doesnt regrow from old wood, but it does provide ground cover. J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 24/03/2013 at 18:30

Brass monkeys outside in that wind today. Back garden exposed to the East wind, so no escape.

Was below freezing first thing today, although actually warmer (less cold) than at bedtime last night. Think it reached about 1-2C, but it certainly didnt feel even like that!

All our snow has gone, but daughter's garden still covered, about 12miles further North.  OH stayed over in NEast Derbyshire where it snowed non stop all day yesterday. J.





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Posted: 24/03/2013 at 18:19

I put the heating on for about an hr after lunch, then managed without until about 4.30 when despite wearing xtra layers it got sooo cold in this East facing lounge- just in the wrong direction today/this week for the wind!

At least the jeans were dry enough to iron straight away & pop onto airer.

Just had my filled pancakes with stirfried kale. Let's hope that my kale survives the pigeons, caterpillars etc this yr. Last yr was a complete disaster, but even by now I'd have eaten all the home grown with needing the ground clear again. J.

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Posted: 24/03/2013 at 16:29
sotongeoff wrote (see)

Thankyou Derek

I also clean the toilet and bathroom and hoover and put washing in the machine-do not announce it to the world-but then I want a quiet life

No chance if we gang up on you! J.

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Posted: 24/03/2013 at 16:25
Caz W wrote (see)

... and then they say "I've cleaned the oven for you" or "I've cleaned the sink for you"

Yes OH does some sort of cleaning when at little house. But I've noticed that his previous initial houseproud behaviour has deserted him. So I always sort things out on the Monday morning before I drive back home & he's at work. I refuse to mop the kitchen floor though, just sweep it.

Sorry folks, afternoon.

Daughter been for lunch- soup followed by pancakes, for her-& has filled her car with more 'stuff'. We'll go up sometime on GFriday with more things & she'll be here to eat on Easter Sunday.

It's brass monkeys outside! We've no snow left, daughter says garden covered but roads/pavements clear. OH says still snow everywhere, but as can hear traffic going into town the main road must be clear.

I've been copying recipes from one of daughter's cookbooks. She now wants it. The printer/copier running out of ink I think, sorry OH. Need to sort through them next & put into my file of recipes in the kitchen. J.

TIPS ........

Posted: 24/03/2013 at 15:44

I'm another that uses pieces of pegged down pea netting across prepared soil, just as TJ suggests.

I also do the same with pots of bulbs in the Autumn, thus foiling the blackbirds, who root about in the compost thus displacing small bulbs & squirrels who dig about in any uncovered pot!

My tip- when pricking out seedlings into bigger modules/pots, add a small cut off piece of coloured drinking straw as a 'label' for each seedling. Then add the same colour straw to a pot that actually has a label. That way you only use one label, but you can tell which tray of seedlings are which, simply by looking at the colour of the straw! So no surprises at flowering time. It is also saving money, ie fewer labels needed & the effort of recleaning them at the end of a season.  J.

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Posted: 23/03/2013 at 19:07

Ooh Becks, still got some batter in fridge...... Was planning to do my rolled up ones, filled with garlic cheese & grilled for tomorrow, but maple syrup would be yummy. J.

Plant cuttings?

Posted: 23/03/2013 at 19:04
Gardengirl.. wrote (see)

verbena bonariensis how do you take cuttings of that I have that one?

If you referring to your plant in the garden, then now is not the right time to try cuttings off what is probably by now a dying back stem.

If yop took cuttings last summer/autumn, then they could already be producing side shoots which are this yrs cutting material- as Lyn said. Job for me over the next couple of weeks. J.

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Posted: 23/03/2013 at 18:53

I see the thread has degenerated into smut again.

Am on a roll with sorting out the paperwork/folders. Ok wont touch OH's tax nor pension ones, bet I end up doing them eventually, but for now have a big pile of rest on the sofa. Can continue whilst watching TV. Unbelievable the junk papers that have stored, & get sent with whatever, so wheeely bin is filling up nicely again & shredder being hammered.

It's already below freezing out the back, no more real snow here thank goodness. I'm nice & snug & well fed. J.

Plant cuttings?

Posted: 23/03/2013 at 15:08

You can split/move herbaceous plants now though, providing your soil is workable.

If you've any pelargoniums that you've over-wintered, then they could provide you with cutting material about now.

If you took fuschia cuttings last season, they are sometimes now big enough to provide you with more cuttings & thus effectively pinching out the parent plant (last yrs cutting) at the same time. Ditto penstemons & verbena bonariensis.

Remember that any cuttings of those plants taken now will still need total protection from the present weather. J.

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